Day 1: Delhi (Arrival). Fly from your country to Delhi – The Political and Cultural Capital of Incredible India. Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Our airport representative or your leader will be waiting for you in the arrival hall located after passing out of the customs area and beyond the airport travel desks and exchange counters. Look out for the Peregrine signboard. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 45 minutes. Most flights arrive in Delhi in the late evening so the rest of the day is at leisure. If you have arrived early your leader will brief you with sightseeing options.
Day 2: Old and New Delhi. After breakfast in the morning at the hotel leave for full day sightseeing of Old and New Delhi. Drive into the heart of India’s Capital to explore Old Delhi visiting the famous Jamia Mazjid, walk through the Chandini Chowk and India’s oldest and busiest market, Sish Ganj gurudwara, enjoy rickshaw ride in narrow alleys of old Delhi through Kinari Bazaar and the 400 years old Chandni Chowk, Red Fort, stop for photos at the colorful market before finishing the Victorian Cannaught Place – One of the most prominent architectural remnants of British Rule.
Later visit Birla Temple, (Also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple), Lotus Temple, Akshardham Temple, Humanyu's Tomb, Crematory of Mahatma Gandhi, Parliament House, Presidential House, India Gate, Government buildings and Qutab Minar and other countless monuments. In the evening you will have time for shopping activities. Return to the Hotel for overnight stay.
Day 3: Delhi – Jaipur (260 km – 5 hours). After an early breakfast in the hotel check out and drive to Jaipur. The historic pink city - Jaipur was founded by Maharaja Swai Jai Singh in 1727 AD after shifting his capital from Amber valley to newly formed and planned city of its time after consulting so many maps of the world and finally organized own religious map Shilpa Shastra with the help of a young Bengali architect Vidyadhar Batacharya. Maharaja Swai Jai Singh was a builder, astronomer, astrologer, soldier, and philosopher. Presently, Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and is world famous as the Pink City. Wide-avenued Jaipur is one of the most important heritage cities in India and home to India ’s second most visited site.
Later in the day after change, wash and little relaxation go for a half day sightseeing tours of Jaipur. Today visit the Amber Fort on the foothills of the hill, where from Elephants will carry you to the famous Amber Fort on the mountain top, the elephant ride gives you the experience and impression of how Maharajas and royal family members were using the services of elephants. Visit the Amber Fort. Later drive ahead and check into your hotel. Evening is for leisure and shopping activities in the busy colorful bazaars of Jaipur. Overnight stay will be at Jaipur hotel.
Day 4: Jaipur. After breakfast in the morning at the hotel go for a full day sightseeing of the beautiful historic Pink City . You will visit the marvelous City Palace – the current generation of the Maharajas (King) still live here, Museum, Astrological Observatory, Hawa Mahal (wind palace) where from royal ladies were watching daily processions and daily life.
Constructed of red and pink sandstone highlighted with white lime, the five-storied facade is peppered with 953 small windows. The breeze (hawa) that comes through the windows keeps it cool even in hot months, and gives the palace its name. Evening is for shopping in the busy streets and some excellent souvenir shops. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 5: Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra (230 km – 5 hrs). After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and drive to Agra. Enroute visit one of the most important places of Mughal Era - The Fatehpur Sikri - the abandoned Mughal Kingdom, founded by Akbar in 1569 AD as a ceremonial capital. But unfortunately this magnificent city was abandoned due to scarcity of drinking water and Akbar went back to Agra. Walk the aisles of the Jama Masjid mosque, entered by way of the impressive Victory Gate, and lose yourself in the throngs of pilgrims at the tomb of the Sufi saint Salim Chisti, his white marble-encased tomb enclosed within the Jama mosque's central courtyard.
Considered the crowning architectural legacy of Akbar (who also built the Red Fort) and still almost perfectly preserved, today the site is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Arrive in the city of Love and commitment. Check into the hotel. After change and wash visit one of the wonders of the world, Taj Mahal (monument of love), built by 5th great Mughal Emperor Shahi Jahan in the memory as mausoleum of his beloved queen Anjuman Bano Begum (with love emperor called her Mumtaz).
After her death in 1627 AD, in her memory emperor started to built Taj Mahal (Taj means crown and Mahal means Palace, so it is Crown Palace) from 1631 to 1653 AD with 22000 labors working since sun rise to sun set in 22 years. It is the romantic origin of Taj as much as its architectural splendor that has led to its fame worldwide. Actually an integrated complex of many structures The Taj Mahal is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, itself a combination of Islamic, Hindu, Persian and Turkish elements. Built in pure white marble which was transported from Makrana in Rajasthan by the help of animals Taj Mahal is one of the man made wonder’s of the world.
Later in the day visit Agra Fort which was built by three emperors, Akbar and Jahangir in red sand stone and Shahi Jahan in white marble. The Fort is 2.5 Km long and during Mughal rule 1/3rd of the Fort was occupied by the army. When British ruled India, they repeated same tradition and now traditionally Indian army has occupied the same. Afterwards visit Itma-ud-ullha the baby Taj. Return back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 6: Agra - Orcha (Via Jhansi – Train 2.5 hours, car 0.5 hours). After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and transfer to the railway station to board express train to Jhansi. Travel in A/C Chair Car for 2.5 hrs by Shatabdi express Train to Reach Jhansi Station. You will be greeted upon arrival and driven to Orcha. Orcha is a medieval city founded by Bundela rulers with palaces and temples of the 16th and 17th century – which have remarkably withstood the onslaught of time. The river Betwa picturesquely flanks the city. Transfer to hotel.
Later go for a tour of this historical site with magnificent temples and monuments. Some of the palaces were decorated with painted murals which represent the finest flowering of the Bundela School of painting. Visit beautiful Palace Complex – Jahangiri Mahal and the Raja Mahal. Closely study the intricacies of the mural paintings in the Raja Mahal and visit the Laxminarayan Temple. Overnight stay is in Orcha.
Day 7: Orcha – Khajuraho (150 km, 3 hours). After breakfast in the morning at the hotel check out and drive to Khajuraho. Driving past Orcha and country side villages for 3.5 hrs arrive at the hotel in Khajuraho for check in. The temples at Khajuraho form probably one of the best examples of Indian art and architecture. One of the most popular tourist destinations in India, Khajuraho is home to India’s largest group of medieval Hindu temples, famous for their erotic sculptures depicting scenes from the Kama Sutra. Only discovered in the 20th century after being reclaimed by jungle, the Khajuraho group of monuments is today protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Khajuraho was once the religious capital of the Chandela Rajputs, a Hindu dynasty that ruled this part of India from the 10th to the 12th centuries.
The Khajuraho temples were built over a span of a hundred years, from 950 to 1050, with the whole area enclosed by a wall with eight gates, each flanked by two golden palm trees. There were originally over 80 Hindu temples, of which only 22 now stand in a reasonable state of preservation, scattered over an area of about 21 km² (8 square miles). Learn the history of these world-famous temples on a guided tour and enjoy a taste of a little erotica from the middle Ages.
Rest of the day is free to watch all the erotic temple sites and the sensuous artifacts carved on the walls of these temples. Explore the temples while your guide explains the intricate meaning and legends behind each describable sculpture. In the evening you can enjoy evening dance performances and a sound and light show within the temple complex itself. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 8: Khajuraho – Delhi (Flight) - Onward Destinations. After breakfast in the morning visit the Eastern and Western group of temples where fortnight sculptures celebrate the joy of life and love for which there is probably no equivalent in the world. Later in the day check out and drive to the airport to board flight to Delhi. Arrive Delhi early in the evening. Depending upon your further Tour program you have time to explore the city and last minute shopping activities. Transfer to the international airport to take your connecting flight to your final destination or continue for you’re onwards destination. Fly back to your country with the everlasting memories of the magnificent glimpses of Incredible India.
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